Poetry Films: Beautiful Young People Part 4

Song of Zozimus by Zozimus

Axis presents five mini films featuring current poets and spoken word artists celebrating important poetry from Ireland’s past. Vocals and images. Old poems by young poets brought to life by some of our most talented illustrators.

Poet/VO Lewis Kenny & John Cummins
Illustrator: Selkie Illustration

Michael J Moran , popularly known as Zozimus, was an Irish street rhymer. He was a resident of Dublin and also known as the "Blind Bard of the Liberties" and the "Last of the Gleemen".

Lewis Kenny is a poet and playwright hailing from the north inner city of Dublin. His works draw on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations that the youth of our day face. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over two million times. He is the founder of the Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam and OutStraight, a collective of poets and street artists. He is the poet in residence for Bohemians football club. Has made numerous television and radio appearances including RTÉ One’s art show ‘The Works’, 'Soccer Republic', The John Murray Show and the Breakfast Republic. His work has seen him share the stage with the likes of Hozier, Lankum, Fontaines D.C. Saul Williams and Akala to name a few.

John Cummins has been writing for over 20 years and has been performing since early 2010. He has been Leinster Poetry Slam Champion for the past three years and the 2013/2014 All-Ireland Poetry Slam Champion. John is often a featured artist at showcase nights around his native Dublin as well as Galway and Cork. He has also performed at festivals across the country, including the Electric Picnic, Indiependence, and Knockanstockan. He contributes regularly to the arts show Arena on RTE Radio 1. He loves the spoken and written word and cannot wait to stop talking in the third ...

Selkies is a visual artist born and raised in Dublin. Her work is mostly digital illustration, with an emphasis on portraits of modern Irish icons - expect Bernadette Devlin McAliskey alongside a foul-mouthed Bosco, Love Island stars and martyrs of the Easter Rising.

Commissioned by St. Patrick's Festival in partnership with axis Ballymun